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To the Devens Community:

(Excerpts from the update for Oct. 8.)

*Devens has an election coming up on Nov. 15 for two open seats on the Devens Citizens Advisory Committee and one open seat on the Devens Educational Advisory Committee. All terms are two years. Polls will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Devens residents only. Look for more details in the mail, and please contact Kate Clisham at kclisham@massdevelopment.com or 978-784-2942 to register or with any questions.

* The Devens Grill (held) its sixth annual chili cook-off on from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts. Last year, more than 500 people gathered on Devens Common to taste chili from 19 local contestants. The Grill raised more than $6,800 for families and children affected by autism. Visit http://www.devensgrill.com/cookoff.html for more information.

*Eglomisé Designs, a manufacturer of upscale gift products, (held) its fall sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The company, located at 4 Antietam Street, (offered) many of its products at discounts during the sale. For more information about Eglomisé, visit www.eglomisedesigns.com.

*Thanks to all of you who attended the Residents’ Meeting on Oct. 5. I appreciated hearing your questions, comments, and concerns about living in Devens, and I look forward to our next meeting.

*Please join me in welcoming Dave Blazon, our new director of Devens Public Works. Dave comes to us after spending more than a decade working for the City of Lowell, most recently as Lowell’s Department of Public Works deputy director for land and buildings. We’re excited to have Dave on board, and be sure to say hello when you see him around Devens.

Sincerely,

George Ramirez (Devens VP)

Ayer-Shirley Lions Club

Coats for Kids

Time to search your closets for warm, gently used coats for men, women and especially children that you don’t use. The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will be conducting a coat drive through Jan. 8, 2011. North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Devens & Shirley are drop off locations.

If you have any questions, contact debm@ayershirleylions.com or at 978-772- 8502 ext. 1156 or any member of the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club.

Candidate forums

The League(s) of Women Voters in area towns have organized some candidate forums. The first of these is for congressional district candidates. This forum will be Saturday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m., at the Alcott Elementary School auditorium, 93 Laurel St., in Concord, hosted by the Concord/Carlisle League of Women Voters. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit written questions for the candidates.

The second event is Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., at the R.J. Grey Jr. High School in Acton, hosted by the Acton Area League of Women Voters. Some candidates for state senator and state representative will be present. They will present statements on their positions on the ballot questions. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

The League of Women Voters of Harvard is assisting with both forums. These are free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization. The league encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public-policy issues.

“Changes on the Land: The Flora of Worcester County Past and Present”

Free NRWA Presentation

GROTON — Seventy years ago, the Hadwen Botanical Club of Worcester made extensive plant collections to document the flora of Worcester County in the early- to mid-1900s. While the green part of central Massachusetts’ landscape may seem relatively unchanging from year to year, careful examination shows that it is continually changing. Over the past two decades, botanists have again made extensive surveys to document the flora of the county. A comparison of these studies reveals many dramatic changes in local flora involving native and introduced species. The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to a free presentation, “Changes on the Land: The Flora of Worcester County Past and Present” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119), Groton. Presenter will be Dr. Robert Bertin, professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Bertin will present and interpret some of the conspicuous patterns unearthed from this comparison of flora.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for this presentation is encouraged. Seating will be held for pre-registrants until 6:55 p.m., at which time we’ll seat non-preregistered guests. To pre-register, or for more information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs and outreach director, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a nonprofit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

Coming in November …

Community Energy Forum for nonprofit agencies

FITCHBURG — Unitil and United Way of North Central Massachusetts are hosting its 10th annual Community Energy Forum, an informational meeting for the nonprofit community to review this year’s various heating-assistance programs Thursday, Nov. 4, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Event is at the Colonial Hotel, 625 Betty Spring Road, Gardner. Seating is limited. To reserve a space, nonprofit organizations can RSVP to United Way of North Central Massachusetts by calling 978-345-1577 or e-mail maribeth@uwncm.org.

Devens fundraising

dinner Nov. 6

Tyler Foundation Fundraising Dinner will be held at Devens Common Center, Devens on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 6-11 p.m.There will be a live and silent auction. Guest speaker will be Travis Roy. Comedian will be Stephen Donovan.

Proceeds from the event will be used to start a Tyler Foundation Fund for Extraordinary Needs at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center to help provide financial support to families of children with epilepsy. Cost is $75 per ticket, and $550 for a table of eight. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.

To purchase a ticket, contact Heather or Erik at tylerfoundation@yahoo.com or call 978-732-0077. You can also mail a check to: Tyler Foundation, P.O. Box 733, Groton, MA 01450.

Baby Sitting Class

Two-day class with certificate provided upon completion of both classes Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, to 5:30 p.m. (both days). Location. TBD. Minimum age 12 required.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer.

RSVP required: Rosanna Casavecchia @ 978-784-9204 or e-mail rosanna.casavecchia@nashobamed.com.

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